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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Being a Student Again

When I accepted the job at my school two years ago, the first question they asked was, “Would you be willing to go back to school and get your certification?” I calmly answered “yes” but on the inside I was absolutely beside myself with anxiety. I remembered what school was like for me, and repeating that experience was not something I was looking forward to. Let me introduce you to young Taylor, the student. Her priorities, in order were: boys, friends, boys, extra-curricular activities, part-time job, boys, and making good grades. If you ask any of her past teachers how she was as a student, most of them would tell you she came to school to focus on her social life first, and her academic life second. I was never a discipline problem (except for breaking dress code), I made good grades (except for Chemistry Honors), and I was a pretty likable person. My biggest problem was memorization and test taking. I could finish worksheets, classwork, homework, and projects just as well, if not better, than any other student, but the second I had to sit down and take a test, I lost everything I had learned. When I was preparing for NTI I was so nervous that I was going to do poorly. I kept saying, “I am not smart enough for this”. I was afraid that because I struggled with some aspects of learning, I would have a really hard time teaching children. I also knew that I focused too much on everything but class, and I would face the same obstacles as college. I made a promise to myself when I started taking the class, and that promise was to do things the right way from the beginning. I was going to focus on my grades first, and all the extra stuff second. I learned that I am not a bad student at all, and when I put my mind to something, I can really excel at it. I learned how antsy I can get when sitting in a desk, and how much I crave hands-on projects, so I try to model my class after what I would want as a student. If I knew then, at my interview, what I know now, I would shoo away that anxiety and prepare myself for an amazing experience at NTI where I met some great friends and learned invaluable information that will make me a better teacher.

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